L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Facing a $100 Million Shortfall

When Alex Villanueva takes over as Los Angeles County Sheriff Monday, he’ll not only face a litany of complex cultural and policy issues; he’ll be facing a projected budget deficit of $101.8 million.

That’s the word from a report submitted to county supervisors last Tuesday. The projected deficit for the 2018-2019 fiscal year comes in spite of a more than 10% funding increase recently given to the department.

A shortage of permanent staffing and soaring overtime costs are mostly to blame. More than half of the shortfall can made up through a reduction in overtime, but the department would still have to find places to save elsewhere.

Officials with the County Executive’s Office have been working to improve matters through better coding of overtime hours. Villanueva has already talked about the importance of morale and recruiting, and a reduction in the number of internal budget units is also under consideration.

Read more about LASD’s projected shortfall here